Overheard in Fog City
FCJ Publisher and Editor-in-Chief
Photo by Adam Aufdencamp
December 3, 2007, 12:22 p.m.
Mayoral candidate sentenced to nine months in jail
Grasshopper Alec Kaplan
Former mayoral candidate Grasshopper Alec Kaplan was sentenced
to nine months in jail this morning by Judge Carol Yaggy after
a jury found him guilty on November 29 of one misdemeanor count
of making criminal threats against a passenger.
Kaplan opted for a nine-month sentence without conditions over
an offer of six months with three years probabtion.
"Kaplan rejected probation which would have placed numerous
conditions on him for three years including not being able to
operate his taxicab. He showed a lot of guts to accept a longer
sentence," defense attorney Zadik Shapiro told Fog City by
The sentence stems from a July 26 incident involving a complaint
from a woman who rode in Kaplan's taxicab between San Francisco
International Airport and San Francisco. The passenger, Janet
Vanderbose, reported Kaplan to police after Kaplan allegedly called
her names and made her feel threatened.
Following Vanderbose' complaint, the San Francisco Taxi Commission
revoked Kaplan's medallion and suspended his permit.
Police initially charged Kaplan with two counts of felony threat
of terrorism, felony false imprisonment and one misdemeanor battery
count. Prosecutors later reduced the felony counts to misdemeanor
In a separate hearing this morning, Kaplan was sentenced to six
months in jail by Judge Garrett Wong for driving a motor vehicle
for hire without a taxicab medallion and driving a motor vehicle
for hire without an "A" car/driver public passenger
Both sentences, according to the District Attorney's office,
will run concurrently.